U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent Pleads Guilty as Trial Set to Begin

As a judge, Samuel Kent probably saw many defendants take a last minute plea agreement as jurors filed into the courthouse.

This time it was Kent himself that pleaded guilty just as a jury was being selected to hear charges that he sexually assaulted female employees.

Kent, a federal judge for the Southern District of Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in exchange for the dismissal of five felony charges brought two female employees who said he groped them and made unwanted sexual advances while they worked at the courthouse.